Miner remanded to prison for fracturing skull of another during drunken brawl


A thirty-seven-year-old miner of Mabaruma in the North-West District (Region-One) was on Monday arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan for unlawfully and maliciously inflicting injuries to the person of Clive Hope during a drunken brawl at the St. Elizabeth Backdam in the Potaro-Siparuni Region.

The incident allegedly occurred on August 24, 2017 at the remote Region-Eight back-dam when an argument ensued between the two parties and quickly escalated into a physical battle.  The defendant; Alex Bovell, reportedly grabbed a nearby piece of lumber and dealt the complainant several lashes about his body before escaping.

However, he was shortly apprehended by Police who acted quickly upon receiving information.

The accused denied the allegation read to him by the Magistrate and opted to enter a not-guilty plea.

Police Prosecutor Arvin Moore indicated that the victim suffered a fractured skull and remains hospitalised at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), nursing his injuries.

Bail was objected to by the Prosecution counsel considering the seriousness of the offence and the extent of injuries suffered by the victim as a result of the accused’s actions.

The unrepresented accused indicated to the court that he is employed as a miner in Mahdia in the Potaro area, when questioned by the Chief Magistrate.

Bail was refused and he was remanded to prison until September 18, 2017 when the matter is expected to be called again.





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